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Healthy Fruit and Vegetables in your Diet

One of the best things about choosing fruit and vegetables as part of a weight loss routine is you don’t need an actual diet plan to follow. No obsessing over calories is necessary, or feelings of deprivation. Instead you simply incorporate fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet, and by doing so this will naturally cut down on some of your less healthy food choices.

As eating fruit and vegetables epitomises good health, ensure that the ones you choose are fresh and not from a can. Unfortunately a tasty serving of sugar laden strawberry jam doesn’t count as a healthy choice, but eating fresh strawberries does. Likewise dehydrated potato pellets which are commonly referred to as instant mashed potatoes do not count as a portion of fresh potatoes, whilst a jacket potato does.

The recommended intake of fruit and vegetables is constantly on the rise, with nine portions a day now being advised. It isn’t too much if you consider snacking on fruit instead of packet junk, eating raw vegetables as crudities, or drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juice in place of soda. There are so many ways of preparing vegetables instead of warming them from a can: raw, steamed, roasted, sautéed in olive oil, baked, in soups or as salads, the variety is endless.

Fruit and vegetables will help you lose weight as they are packed with essential nutrients, antioxidants and fiber, which you don’t find in processed foods. Fruit is mostly water and fiber so will satisfy your appetite longer and the natural sugar content is far less fattening than the addition of high fructose corn syrup added to most processed foods. If you are filling up on a fresh piece of fruit then the packet of processed chips can be discarded, so the healthy food naturally replaces the unhealthy choice.

Avocados are one of the healthiest foods you can eat so ignore the diets which restrict it. We all need a certain amount of fat in a healthy diet and avocados are laden with monounsaturated fats which we need, as well as packing a powerful antioxidant punch. One avocado counts as two portions of your daily recommended intake of fruit and vegetables. Other fruits which are nutritionally high are apples, citrus fruits and berries.

When you start to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet you will start to spend less money on junk foods which are the main cause of weight gain. The idea isn’t to eat the fruit and vegetables on top of your usual diet but to replace aspects of it with healthier choices.

Once your taste buds start to relish the taste of fresh food you will come to want more of it. The change to fresh food will naturally speed up your metabolism and give you more energy making it much easier for you to lose weight naturally.